Arlo Guthrie – “Motorcycle Song”

Arlo Guthrie Alice's Restaurant

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Great American storyteller and musician, Arlo Guthrie, captures motorcycling in all its inherent wackiness in this (short for Arlo) story/song about a motorcycle, a cop, a ticket and a pickle. Early in the song from the Alice’s Restaurant album he captures the essence of motorcycling by saying:

There was a time I was ridin’ my bike
I was going down a mountain road
I was doin’ 150 miles an hour
On one side of the mountain road there was a mountain
And on the other side, there was nothin’
There was just a cliff in the air
But I wasn’t payin’ attention you know
I was just driving down the road

You’ll just have to watch the YouTube video for the rest because, like riding a motorcycle, it’s not the destination that makes his songs so enjoyable, it’s the journey.